Major Matina Jewell

(Retired) CSP

Life-changing perspective from the front line of leadership, resilience and change.

Finalist 2018

Major Matina Jewell

(Retired) CSP

Life-changing perspective from the front line of leadership, resilience and change.


Major Matina Jewell (Retired) CSP is an inspirational trailblazer, helping leaders build resilient teams to thrive through change.

Named in the ‘AFR 100 Women of Influence 2018’, Matina is also a Telstra Business Awards Finalist and was named a CPA Australia ‘Top-10 Smart Thinker’.

Among her honorary roles, Matina is a founding ambassador for Project Thankful, a movement partnered with the United Nations to help empower women and children globally.

A bark portrait painting of Matina was entered for the 2019 Archibald Prize, and her incredible life story has been optioned for a global feature film.

Military Trailblazer & Peacekeeper

Major Matina Jewell (Retired) CSP grew up in the hinterland of Byron Bay and joined the Army at age 17.  During her 15-year military career, Matina:

Advisor & Ambassador

Since being medically retired, Matina has campaigned for change for veterans and others in need through numerous honorary, ambassador and advisory roles, including:

Change Champion

Matina is a proud mum to busy young girls with husband Clent Jewell, and lives on the Far North Coast of NSW.

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Australian War Memorial

Matina's In-Their-Words contribution, now part of a permanent exhibition at the Australian War Memorial  (4.24s)

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ABC Australian Story Documentary

The Blue Beret – Parts I & II

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Foxtel Documentary

Foxtel ‘I Survived’ Documentary


Matina is honoured to be a Brand Ambassador for TOYOTA FINANCIAL SERVICES (TFS) who have supported millions of Australians in financing and protecting their vehicles.

Matina and TFS are aligned in their passion and duty for serving the communities they work and live in.

As a UN Peacekeeper in the Middle East, Matina patrolled ‘The Blue Line’ for many months in her TOYOTA LANDCRUISER PRADO.

And Matina is just as appreciative of the safety and comfort of TOYOTA LANDCRUISER PRADO doing the school drop-off and pick-ups today.

With aligned values of respect, passion, quality, innovation, and collaboration, Matina Jewell is proud to be associated with the HOGO BOSS brand.

With sustainability and success inextricably linked, HUGO BOSS has long been Matina’s first choice as the most accessible, fashionable and innovative wardrobe. “HUGO BOSS offers high quality and comfort every time – whether I’m heading to a keynote speech from a long haul flight, or to a coffee meeting from school pick up”.

Quality, innovation, and responsibility form the foundation of HUGO BOSS sustainability strategy, and focus efforts on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.

Matina was named in the
AFR 100 Women of Influence 2018′.
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AFR 100 Women of Influence Awards
Finalist 2018

AFR 100 Women of Influence Awards Finalist 2018

The Australian Financial Review (AFR) 100 Women of Influence Awards identifies Australian women championing change in business and society, and those who have dedicated their time and energy to help and encourage other women fighting for change every day.

Professional Speakers Australia
Certified Speaking Professional 2017

Professional Speakers Australia Certified Speaking Professional 2017

Matina was awarded Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) accreditation by the Professional Speakers Association Australia in 2017, being recognised internationally as a professional speaker of the highest standard.

Telstra Business Women’s Awards
Finalist 2016

Telstra Business Women’s Awards Finalist 2016

The Telstra Business Women’s Awards recognises outstanding women and celebrates those doing business differently, redefining the conversation on female leadership at all levels of business.
Honorary roles

Project Thankful

Project Thankful Founding Ambassador

Matina is a founding ambassador for Project Thankful, a movement to encourage all of us to reflect on how the everyday can be extraordinary. Thankful® is partnered with the United Nations for the empowerment and cessation of violence against women and children, globally.

Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project Ambassador

Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project Ambassador

The Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project was established to raise funds to construct the memorial honouring the service, courage and sacrifice of Australian peacekeepers in the service of international peace and security. The memorial opened in Canberra on 14th September 2017, the 70th anniversary of Australia’s involvement in UN Peacekeeping Missions.

ANZAC Centenary

ANZAC Spirit - ANZAC Centenary Commissioner

Matina provided advice to the Prime Minister and Government as one of the six-member ANZAC Centenary Commission, which included former Prime Ministers Bob Hawke and the late Malcolm Fraser, on how to best commemorate arguably one of the most important milestones in our young Nation's history - The ANZAC Centenary from 2014 to 2018.
Recent Activity

In my experience speaking & working with leaders from all walks of life I’ve noticed that the people who go on to have amazing careers are those that consistently put in the hard work.
What actions do you need to do persistently in order to achieve the success you desire?

Still blown away by the talented @neilhazelman with this bark portrait painting of me that was entered in the Archibald Prize 2 years ago today.

#archibaldprize #honouredandhumbled #creativetalents #veteran #peacekeeper #leadershipinaction #resilienceinaction #art #painting

I’m thrilled to be speaking @NEXtCAREHealth Conference at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre next week where I’ll share my experiences of leading through crisis & building resilient teams to thrive through periods of change.

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In the last 12 months 273,845 people reached out to @beyondblue services for support, an increase of 42% on the previous year.
So, it makes me incredibly proud to support the launch @Boss x #beyondblue new partnership to raise funds for this worthy cause.


Thrilled to give the closing keynote @GOTAFE staff development virtual event yesterday sharing my experiences of leading through times of crisis & building resilient teams whilst serving as a #UNpeacekeeper during the Lebanon War.
Honoured to share the stage with @kurtfearnley

My favourite quote this week is:
“Growth is nourished by encouragement”.
After a week of floods and concerns over a potential covid outbreak on the East coast. How can you provide nourishment to someone’s life through the simple act of encouragement this weekend?


Great to share my experiences with Scott Fitzpatrick on his podcast The GAF
During session we explored my Byron Bay childhood, service with United Nations, transference of skills from battlefield to business & my personal experience as a customer with financial advisory network.

Here’s a peek behind the scenes at the AV tech set up for the #SOPAC Internal Auditors virtual conference where I was the closing keynote speaker today.
Adapt to succeed, innovation, agility & flexibility are the skills needed to survive in the event industry 2021.

Thrilled to give the keynote @CommBank Direct Channel Analytics & Strategy All Hands virtual event today.
Sharing my experiences on how leaders can build resilience to assist their teams to embrace the rapid changes we have all experienced since covid
@HUGOBOSS @kailisjewellery

Delighted to give the closing keynote @Worrells_Solve Solvency & Forensic Accountants conference in Brisbane today.

Thanks Raj Khatri, Lee Crosthwaite, Tawa Scott & @SaxtonSpeakers for the opportunity to share my experiences of building resilient teams & leading in crisis times

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I admire people who are really clear on their purpose.

I know that when I am living purposefully, I feel more meaning in everything I do.

And when I take action around my purpose, I feel fulfilled.

I call this ‘dutiful’; the duty we have to ourselves to live life on purpose.

purposeful  + meaningful + actionable = fulfilment

It feels beautiful to live dutiful.